The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program is managed out of the Central Office in Richmond, with teams of NEPA practitioners around the commonwealth in each of the nine construction districts.
The Program’s focus is on reviewing potential environmental impacts and ensuring compliance with NEPA as well as other applicable laws and regulations related to transportation projects.
Programmatic Agreement for Categorical Exclusions
For project actions meeting specific criteria that are classified as Categorical Exclusions (CEs), VDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have established a programmatic agreement (PA) for the manner in which these projects are reviewed under NEPA. The Virginia PA for Categorical Exclusions, which was executed on October 16, 2017, establishes the process for completing categorical exclusions for federal-aid highway projects.